Sebastin Coe Set To Become Next BOA Chairman After Rival Leman Pulls Out
Former LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe "will become the next chairman of the British Olympic Association at a vote next month after his only rival pulled out of the running," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. Great Britain Hockey President Richard Leman "withdrew his candidacy turning the contest to lead the 43-member National Olympic Committee into a one-horse race." With his "ability to secure consensus during the seven-year Olympic project, Coe was seen as well-qualified to bring together the various strands of administration ahead of the Rio Games in '16." He will also bring with him key relationships with '12 sponsors that could continue to back British success through the BOA, "which needs to balance its books after spending £13M ($21M) taking the biggest Great Britain team ever to the Olympics" (LONDON TIMES, 10/16).